Reduce E-waste: Recycle Your Cell Phones

Reduce E-waste: Recycle Your Cell Phones

    1. Linh L
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      Linh L

      Phoenix, AZ

Americans discard more than 100 million computers, cellphones and other electronic devices each year. As 'e-waste' piles up, so does concern about this growing threat to the environment. )

The world is realizing and becoming concerned about the waste that is generated from electronic products. While cell phones represent a small percentage of this total waste, due to their small size and rapid replacement cycle, they are more likely to end up in the waste stream and contribute a growing portion of the toxic materials that end up in our landfills.

Cell phones and their accessories contain a large number of hazardous substances known as Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals (PBTs).

Included in the list of PBTs are metals (e.g. antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper and lead) which can linger in the environment for a long time and have adverse effects on human health. A number of these chemicals have been known to cause damage to the nervous system, reproductive and development problems, cancer and have other genetic impacts.

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    • Danielle LeBoeuf CAPE CORAL, FL
      • almost 6 years ago

      I saw on PBS the other day just where our old PCs go when we trash them. There were chidren in Africa, standng in this hi-tech sea of e-trash. There were fires burning, spreading toxic gases to their poor lungs. These kids wew as young as 4 yrs old. Slaving to pay their debts to their "caretakers" after their perents were killed. There is way too much consumption and "dumption" going on lately. WAKE UP & START TO CARE... We should really be more careful with our Earth, or it will be past the point of no return. But then again, I'm probably preaching to the choir. If you're here, u care.

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    • Vinod Bodhankar PUNE, INDIA
      • about 6 years ago

      E-waste is a monstrous problem indeed.

      Lets solve this one too...together... step by step... one by one....

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    • jan sokolovits SIOUX FALLS, SD
      • about 6 years ago

      because it helps the earth

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    • Sally Mercedes FLEETWOOD, NY
      • about 6 years ago

      I usually donate mine.

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    • Heather Mansfield SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • about 6 years ago

      Will be dropping off two this wekend!

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